Phil Ford: MJ And Thompson Are The Two Best To Ever Play In The ACC

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UNC legendary point guard, Phil Ford, joined the Mac Attack to talk about rivalries, the greatest in ACC history, Dean Smith and the Four Corners.

On the Big Four Tournament: You could actually play an in-state ACC school, four times during the season. It was always tough to play a team four times. A lot of the fans liked it, but the coaches didn’t like it too much, because you don’t like to play any team four times in the same season.

On His Rivals at UNC: When I was in school, Duke wasn’t really the big rivalry, NC State was. They had David Thompson and he and Michael Jordan are arguably the greatest two players to ever play in the ACC. They had just won a national title my senior year in high school, so NC State was more the rivalry.

On NC State: They have a great program, they’re a great school and they attract really good student athletes. I don’t think is something we should take for granted. Coach Williams does a great job with our ball club, but State’s very capable.

On the greatest player in ACC history: It’s hard to say. To me when you have the greatest player of all-time in college, arguably, in David Thompson and you have the greatest of all-time, overall, in Michael Jordan. Those two guys, I wouldn’t want to live on the difference. Those two are clearly head and shoulders above all of us in this league.

On Dean Smith: He always said, what’s best for the team on the court is best for the individual off the court. As a team on the court, you wanted to play unselfish and hard an play together and have fun. Off the court, you wanted not to be a selfish person and try to do things to help your fellow man. He was so smart academically, I think he could been a great scientist, CEO of a huge corporation or doctor, but he just chose to be a basketball player. He’s one of the most giving people that I’ve ever met in my life, that was always trying to do what’s right. He never wanted any credit. When we lost a game, it was his fault and when we won a game, it was our fault, which we didn’t believe, because we always thought if we did what he told us to do, exactly as he told us to do it, we would win. He’s just an incredible human being. Of course, I’m going to say it and I do believe, he’s the greatest coach to ever coach basketball, but he’s a great guy too, a good man.

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